Nestlé Waters does not pay its fair share for water.
We pay the rate set by local regulatory bodies or the land/spring
owners at all of our sites.
Those rates and what we pay for vary from site to site and who we pay
depends on whether we own the sites. However, we do not receive a special
rate for spring water use at any site. For example, we pay the Susquehanna
River Basin Commission (SRBC), which oversees the basin that stretches
from New York through Pennsylvania and into Maryland, a per gallon fee for
the consumptive use of water just like all commercial users. The SRBC uses
that money to build and operate low flow mitigation facilities such as
reservoirs. In Michigan, we pay an annual reporting fee and Water Supply
Serial Number fee to the state for the sites we own.
We pay for costs associated with water.
We all pay for the cost associated with infrastructure, source
development, source protection, administration, management, quality and
delivery of water. That is true, whether someone is a customer of a water
utility, owns their own well, or is a bottled water customer. We make
significant investments in local infrastructure – hundreds of millions of
dollars, in fact – across the country. For example, in Michigan, we have
made capital investments totaling more than $267 million since we began
operating in the state. In addition, across the U.S., we spend millions of
dollars each year caring for and monitoring our spring sources, and
maintaining more than 21,000 acres of watershed land as open space, which
helps to safeguard local ecosystems.
We also bring social and economic value to the communities where we
We do this by creating high-paying jobs with good benefits, hiring local
vendors, paying local taxes, donating to local charities, employee
volunteerism, and sharing our experience in water resource management. We
also invest in many community projects, from watershed protection to waste
cleanup to emergency donations.